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 for congenital
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Congenital \Con*gen"i*tal\ (k[o^]n*j[e^]n"[i^]*tal), a. [From
     Existing at, or dating from, birth; pertaining to one from
     birth; born with one; connate; constitutional; natural; as, a
     congenital deformity; a congenital liar. See Connate and
     Syn: connate; native; inborn; inherited; hereditary. [1913
          Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Native \Na"tive\ (n[=a]"t[i^]v), a. [F. natif, L. nativus, fr.
     nasci, p. p. natus. See Nation, and cf. Na["i]ve, Neif
     a serf.]
     1. Arising by birth; having an origin; born. [Obs.]
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              Anaximander's opinion is, that the gods are native,
              rising and vanishing again in long periods of times.
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     2. Of or pertaining to one's birth; natal; belonging to the
        place or the circumstances in which one is born; --
        opposed to foreign; as, native land, language, color,
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     3. Born in the region in which one lives; as, a native
        inhabitant, race; grown or originating in the region where
        used or sold; not foreign or imported; as, native
        oysters, or strawberries. In the latter sense, synonymous
        with domestic.
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     4. Original; constituting the original substance of anything;
        as, native dust. --Milton.
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     5. Conferred by birth; derived from origin; born with one;
        inherent; inborn; not acquired; as, native genius,
        cheerfulness, wit, simplicity, rights, intelligence, etc.
        Having the same meaning as congenital, but typically
        used for positive qualities, whereas congenital may be
        used for negative qualities. See also congenital
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              Courage is native to you.             --Jowett
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     6. Naturally related; cognate; connected (with). [R.]
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              the head is not more native to the heart, . . .
              Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father. --Shak.
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     7. (Min.)
        (a) Found in nature uncombined with other elements; as,
            native silver, copper, gold.
        (b) Found in nature; not artificial; as native sodium
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     Native American party. See under American, a.
     Native bear (Zool.), the koala.
     Native bread (Bot.), a large underground fungus, of
        Australia ({Mylitta australis), somewhat resembling a
        truffle, but much larger.
     Native devil. (Zool.) Same as Tasmanian devil, under
     Native hen (Zool.), an Australian rail ({Tribonyx
     Native pheasant. (Zool.) See Leipoa.
     Native rabbit (Zool.), an Australian marsupial ({Perameles
        lagotis) resembling a rabbit in size and form.
     Native sloth (Zool.), the koala.
     Native thrush (Zool.), an Australian singing bird
        ({Pachycephala olivacea); -- called also thickhead.
     Native turkey (Zool.), the Australian bustard ({Choriotis
        australis); -- called also bebilya.
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     Syn: Natural; natal; original; congenital.
     Usage: Native, Natural, Natal. natural refers to the
            nature of a thing, or that which springs therefrom;
            native, to one's birth or origin; as, a native
            country, language, etc.; natal, to the circumstances
            of one's birth; as, a natal day, or star. Native
            talent is that which is inborn; natural talent is that
            which springs from the structure of the mind. Native
            eloquence is the result of strong innate emotion;
            natural eloquence is opposed to that which is studied
            or artificial.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired
             during fetal development [syn: congenital, inborn,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  77 Moby Thesaurus words for "congenital":
     absolute, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-out, all-pervading,
     atavistic, bodily, born, broad-based, clean, clear, coeval,
     comprehensive, connatal, connate, connatural, constitutional,
     consummate, deep-dyed, deep-seated, downright, dyed-in-the-wool,
     egregious, essential, exhaustive, genetic, hereditary,
     in the blood, inborn, inbred, incarnate, indigenous, indwelling,
     ingrained, inherited, innate, instinctive, instinctual, intensive,
     intrinsic, native, native to, natural, natural to, omnibus,
     omnipresent, organic, out-and-out, outright, perfect, pervasive,
     physical, plain, plumb, primal, pure, radical, regular, sheer,
     straight, sweeping, temperamental, thorough, thoroughgoing,
     through-and-through, total, ubiquitous, unacquired, unconditional,
     universal, unmitigated, unqualified, unreserved, unrestricted,
     utter, veritable, wholesale

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